Make it as spicy as you like Chilli Jam
March 27, 2018
At the close of Summer tomatoes are flowing and chilli is also productive. This year I’ve grown a variety of chilli called Joe’s Long Cayenne. It is a very mild heirloom variety that is great to grow if you want to introduce your children to the zing of chilli as it is barely evident. I mixed them in this recipe, using half of these and half Hot Portugal, one of the varieties in the Kitchen Garden Box®, a variety that can range from mild to hot. Add the quantity of chilli you think is appropriate based on your own tolerance. I love to serve this Chilli Jam with sliced cold meats and as a paste for cooking chicken. I was seeking a mild(ish) version that has some sweetness with a zing that my kids would not object to.
This recipe is a new version of a recipe I created many years ago. You can find the original recipe here. I have updated the recipe to include less sugar, more spices and the removal of regular vinegar for a version that is more SIBO friendly. Obviously, the sugar is not SIBO friendly, I have reduced the quantity to an amount that allows the jam to set and switched the vinegar to coconut vinegar. You could use apple cider vinegar also if you are unable to find coconut vinegar.
If you have some of tomatoes, and/or chilli still producing in the garden save this recipe to make and enjoy at the Easter BBQ’s and gatherings.
Make it as spicy as you like. Home grown chillis and tomatoes preserved for use over the cooler months.
To a pan add a drizzle of cooking oil of choice and warm
Add the chilli, garlic, ginger, turmeric, pepper and salt and gently cook for a few minutes until fragrant
Add the tomatoes, coconut vinegar, lime juice and fish sauce, stir and bring to a simmer
Add the sugar, stirring to dissolve
Leave to cook until the sauce reduces by 1/3
Ladle into steralised jars or bottles. Once open store in the fridge and use within a few weeks. Read this post on storage of home made jams and sauces.
Note: If stored condiments show signs of spoilage, discard immediately.
I hope you enjoy this recipe. If you are still looking for other ways to use your home grown chilli, my popular sweet chilli sauce recipe is another that I make each year for the family. You can find my sweet chilli sauce recipe here.
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